Marvin Jones WR CIN (27.4% Owned)
After a minor slump where Dalton and Jones only connected for 119 yards in 5 games (average of 23.8 yards per game) with only one touchdown, Jones had a fantasy explosion from weeks 6 to 9 as Jones went on to catch 19 passes for 316 yards and 6 mammoth TDs (average of 79.0 yards and 1.5 touchdowns on 4.75 receptions per game in that span). Amazing considering in that same period of time A.J. Green caught 26 passes for 501 yards and a touchdown. Just as things for Jones were looking up, as magically as he had burst onto the scene, he had virtually vanished, and not in the cool James Bond, disappear into the shadows type of way, more like the disappointing “I’m just going to go now” type of way. In weeks 10, 11, and 13 (Bengals were on BYE week 12), Jones only was able to register one catch for 2 yards, one catch for 9 yards and 2 catches for 12 yards respectively. And just as Jones’ season seemed over, he decided to pull some more tricks out of his endless bag. In week 14 and 15 against Indianapolis and Pittsburgh Jones was able to catch for an average of 52 yards per game on 4 catches along with a touchdown in each game, thus solidifying Jones’ return to the Bengals’ passing game and into our fantasy lineups. This week against the Vikings, Jones’ match-up could not be better. This season the Vikings have allowed an average of 26.2 fantasy points to opposing receivers including 13 consecutive games with a passing TD given up. In the Vikings’ past 4 games, their pass defense has allowed opposing receivers to catch for an average of 232.25 yards per game as well as an atrocious 33.25 fantasy points per game. This week look for the Red Rifle and Marvin Jones to hook up early and often as the Sophomore receiver has an absolute field day out in Cincy. Reason I am so optimistic about the former Cal Bear’s fantasy future is the fact of “good things always come in threes.” As we have already seen this season, Jones’s touchdown sprees usually come in spurts of three games (in weeks 6-8 Jones caught 6 TD passes). Thus, with that fact already established, we can say with utmost certainty that Marvin Jones should get at least one touchdown this Sunday against the Vikings. Granted Dalton’s favorite target A.J. Green doesn’t steal all of Jones’s targets, expect huge numbers come game-time.